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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.

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Old 06-07-2018, 05:05 AM
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Hi everyone

I've recently gotten a new baby budgie about a month ago and have slowly been working on getting him finger trained. He now hops up onto my finger anytime inside the cage even when I don't offer him a treat after.

Whenever I bring him out and put him on top of his cage he stops being interested in my finger or treats - he completely ignores them.

Am I bringing him out too soon? How can I get him to keep stepping up when he is outside so I can put him back in his cage?

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Old 06-07-2018, 08:00 AM
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It sounds as though your little one is more interested in exploring the big world once he's outside his cage. This is actually a positive since many budgies are afraid to venture outside of the cage initially!

Does your budgie (what is his name?) try to fly away from you or does he just bop about doing his own thing?

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Magnus is his name

He walks around and explores. I am happy to let him do this but because he is young he is still quite clumsy I want to be able to get him out of a dangerous situation quickly if needed (eg. stepping up).

He doesn't run away from me, I can touch him with my finger when he's out. I don't have a playground yet, but it is on my to-do list.

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Sometimes the new environment can cause birds to forget their "tricks". I would start offering treats again to get him to step up outside of the cage.
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I agree with Katherine.
Offering treats outside the cage when you want Magnus to step up is the best way to train him to do so. It's just like teaching him inside the cage - he has to gradually learn the same thing applies when he's out and about.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Magnus is a beautiful little budgie

You've been given great advice You've come to a great place to learn even more about the very best of budgie care! If you have any questions after reading through the links provided above by FaeryBee, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We hope to see Magnus around the forums, and you as well!

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I agree!

It seems that Magnus is confident with the environment and trusting with you.

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.......How can I get him to keep stepping up when he is outside so I can put him back in his cage?
What we need to be careful with, is that a bird who is enjoying sitting on our shoulder or playing outside of their cage, doesn’t begin to associate ‘stepping up outside the cage’ with ‘being put back inside the cage’.

From your other comments it’s obvious that he isn’t fearful of your hands, but if the only time he’s asked to step up outside is when you put him back in the cage, then he’s going to start connecting the two and (if he doesn’t want to return) begin to refuse (or possibly even start to bite).

During out of cage time, every so often get him to step up, reward him and THEN LET HIM CONTINUE with what he was doing.
Once he’s willing to step up again outside the cage, then you don’t need to give a treat every single time.
It’s also nice to reward returning to the cage when it’s time.

Good luck
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Julia has offered you EXCELLENT suggestions!
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